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Cp6uja
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:07 PM
Serena Williams to serve up memoir in 2009 (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i-SaTCOLW6HGP4ATnUFg3Lr0QLCQD937UDL03)



NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked women's tennis player.

"Serena Williams is one of the world's most remarkable athletes," Grand Central editor Karen Kosztolnyik said Tuesday in a statement. "We've watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant."

Financial terms for the book, currently untitled, were not disclosed, although a publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding reached at least $1.3 million. The official, citing the confidentiality of the negotiations, declined to be identified.

Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles and, with sister Venus Williams, won a gold medal in women's doubles at the recent Olympics in Beijing.

Grand Central Publishing is a division of the Hachette Book Group.

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:09 PM
great:bounce:

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:11 PM
:eek:

1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news :)

serenus_2k8
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Bombshell!!!!

Great work Ree

Kworb
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:24 PM
She should do this after she retires :shrug:

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:28 PM
She should ride the wave now :p

I thought she should wait. But she just became #1 for the second time in her career and won her 9th slam. I believe she will win more slams but ..

Olórin
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:29 PM
:eek:

1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news :)

According to the article that's at least how much she sold the rights to the book for. She will get a % of profits no doubt also.

Serenita
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:30 PM
great can't wait to read it

Marcell
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:41 PM
:eek:

1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news :)




$1.3mill is measly?

The famous American actor Rob Lowe got $1mill for his Memoir!



Rob Lowe's Memoirs Sold For $1 Million, but the Actor Has No Time to Write Them


Back when the writers' strike was keeping him out of work, actor Rob Lowe decided it'd be fun to write a book about his life. And so he wrote up a proposal, and with the help of Richard Abate of the Endeavor Talent Agency, submitted it in early February to publishers all over town. Mr. Lowe was a big hit, according to Mr. Abate, impressing editors with his insistence on writing the book himself instead of hiring a ghostwriter like most celebrities do for their memoirs.

After an intense auction, the book had a buyer in Jonathan Karp, publisher of the upstart Hachette Book Group imprint Twelve. Mr. Karp, who publishes just one book every month, beat out formidable bids from several other major houses, agreeing to pay Mr. Lowe what several knowledgeable sources said was about a million dollars.

The deal was just about ready to go—Mr. Abate had informed Mr. Karp that he had prevailed in the auction and contract negotiations were under way—when, on Wednesday the 13th, the writers' strike up and ended, and Mr. Lowe suddenly became an actor again.

Over the course of the next few days, as Hollywood rose from its three-month slumber and everybody went back to work, Mr. Lowe's schedule filled up quickly. First, according to Mr. Abate, ABC ordered something like 30 new episodes of Mr. Lowe's TV show, Brothers & Sisters. Then two major film projects emerged. Suddenly the next year was looking pretty busy, and Mr. Lowe had to face the fact that he just wouldn't have time to write his book.

"He is just booked for at least the next year straight," Mr. Abate said. "We're going to come back to Karp when he's done shooting all these things, if there's time then to do it. He doesn't want to commit to it because he doesn't know what he's going to be offered between now and then."

"We talked to Jon for a good week after the auction was settled," Mr. Abate said. "We were excited to go forward, but we couldn't figure out how we were going to do it timewise."

If and when Mr. Lowe does decide to take a break from his acting career for long enough to write the book, Mr. Abate said, he is going directly to Mr. Karp.

"Jon won the auction," Mr. Abate said. "If Rob does the book, we're gonna do it with Jon."

Mr. Karp would not comment on the status of the book beyond confirming that Mr. Abate's account was accurate.

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:41 PM
She should do this after she retires :shrug:
memoirs yes but autobiography no...I hope she dishes gossip from the locker room

Destiny
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:42 PM
^^^^^^^^ Me tooo i would love her even more if she did

Mikey B
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:43 PM
i will read, and i hope its better than her poetry! lol!

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 06:47 PM
$1.3mill is measly?

The famous American actor Rob Lowe got $1mill for his Memoir!



Rob Lowe's Memoirs Sold For $1 Million, but the Actor Has No Time to Write Them


Back when the writers' strike was keeping him out of work, actor Rob Lowe decided it'd be fun to write a book about his life. And so he wrote up a proposal, and with the help of Richard Abate of the Endeavor Talent Agency, submitted it in early February to publishers all over town. Mr. Lowe was a big hit, according to Mr. Abate, impressing editors with his insistence on writing the book himself instead of hiring a ghostwriter like most celebrities do for their memoirs.

After an intense auction, the book had a buyer in Jonathan Karp, publisher of the upstart Hachette Book Group imprint Twelve. Mr. Karp, who publishes just one book every month, beat out formidable bids from several other major houses, agreeing to pay Mr. Lowe what several knowledgeable sources said was about a million dollars.

The deal was just about ready to go—Mr. Abate had informed Mr. Karp that he had prevailed in the auction and contract negotiations were under way—when, on Wednesday the 13th, the writers' strike up and ended, and Mr. Lowe suddenly became an actor again.

Over the course of the next few days, as Hollywood rose from its three-month slumber and everybody went back to work, Mr. Lowe's schedule filled up quickly. First, according to Mr. Abate, ABC ordered something like 30 new episodes of Mr. Lowe's TV show, Brothers & Sisters. Then two major film projects emerged. Suddenly the next year was looking pretty busy, and Mr. Lowe had to face the fact that he just wouldn't have time to write his book.

"He is just booked for at least the next year straight," Mr. Abate said. "We're going to come back to Karp when he's done shooting all these things, if there's time then to do it. He doesn't want to commit to it because he doesn't know what he's going to be offered between now and then."

"We talked to Jon for a good week after the auction was settled," Mr. Abate said. "We were excited to go forward, but we couldn't figure out how we were going to do it timewise."

If and when Mr. Lowe does decide to take a break from his acting career for long enough to write the book, Mr. Abate said, he is going directly to Mr. Karp.

"Jon won the auction," Mr. Abate said. "If Rob does the book, we're gonna do it with Jon."

Mr. Karp would not comment on the status of the book beyond confirming that Mr. Abate's account was accurate.


I am glad someone put it into context :)

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:19 PM
i hope she expounds on some of the things she talked about in " The Black List".

I wish Richard Williams would write one too. he is definitely one of my heroes.

Pureracket
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Methinks that the Nobel Prize for Literature competition has gotten just a little more interesting.;)

frontier
Sep 16th, 2008, 07:23 PM
i hope she expounds on some of the things she talked about in " The Black List".

I wish Richard Williams would write one too. he is definitely one of my heroes.
I think Richard s book will be juicy....i think he wont hold back anything:drool:

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:03 PM
Methinks that the Nobel Prize for Literature competition has gotten just a little more interesting.;)

:rolls:

Dodoboy.
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:07 PM
Does it say SHE is writing it?

Pureracket
Sep 16th, 2008, 08:07 PM
:rolls:;););););)

sweetpeas
Sep 16th, 2008, 10:19 PM
Please tell us about the twa player ,who hit on you??????PLEASE...NAMES!:wavey::bounce::kiss:

simplydeep
Sep 16th, 2008, 10:59 PM
1.3m for the book and then the sales i'm sure she will get loads more for the sale of this book, using her image, i'm sure its not just 1.3m finish.

debopero
Sep 16th, 2008, 11:03 PM
I already pre-ordered my copy. No jk.

frenchie
Sep 16th, 2008, 11:18 PM
That will certainly be a good read!! even better than Tauziat's book...

spartanfan
Sep 17th, 2008, 02:18 AM
What do you bet that Maria Sharapova will ink a book deal for $1.5M sometime in the next few months.

frontier
Sep 17th, 2008, 12:22 PM
What do you bet that Maria Sharapova will ink a book deal for $1.5M sometime in the next few months.you are right on man....she copies everything that Serena does:lol:

Cp6uja
Sep 17th, 2008, 12:41 PM
REUTERS also give information about this Serena latest "deal":


Serena Williams pens "inspiring" memoir (http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSSP33420020080917)
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:39am EDT


NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Serena Williams, the world's top female tennis player, will release "an inspirational memoir" in fall 2009, tracking the highs and lows of a career in which she has overcome injuries to regain the women's crown.

Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles, including four in a row in 2002-2003 which made her the world's No. 1 player. She is renowned for her strength on court as well as her colorful outfits.

But facing various injuries and distracted by off-court interests, Williams slipped from the top until she staged a comeback this year to win the U.S. Open and regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in five years.

This year, with her sister Venus, she won gold in the Women's Doubles at the Beijing Olympics.

Karen Kosztolnyik, a senior editor who acquired the book for Grand Central Publishing after a bidding battle, said Williams was one of the world's most remarkable athletes.

But it was also her charm and drive that gave her a role in modeling, film, television and fashion, with her line of designer clothing called Aneres -- "Serena" spelled backwards.

"We've watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans, young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant," she said in a statement.

Grand Central Publishing is a unit of Hachette Book Group.

Financial terms were not given for the deal that was negotiated with literary agent Suzanne Gluck from the William Morris Agency.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

Dodoboy.
Sep 17th, 2008, 03:38 PM
:)

shirley
Sep 17th, 2008, 03:47 PM
that will be a good book to read. Can't wait :)

calabar
Sep 17th, 2008, 05:29 PM
So is this book by Serena gonna kill any possibility of a Venus Book? Let's face it, any biographical story about one of these sisters, will no doubt mention very prominently, information about the other. By the time Venus gets around to writing her book, what possible "new" information will she be providing to pique the interest of her reader? Perhaps a joint book venture would have made the most "cents" from a marketing point of view.

Dodoboy.
Sep 17th, 2008, 05:31 PM
I actually agree.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Sep 17th, 2008, 05:33 PM
go ree!

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 17th, 2008, 06:46 PM
She should do this after she retires :shrug:

She can always do a 2nd volume :lol::p.

Congrats Serena! :bounce:

Polikarpov
Sep 17th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Isn't it too early for Serena write a memoir?

DA FOREHAND
Sep 17th, 2008, 07:22 PM
So is this book by Serena gonna kill any possibility of a Venus Book? Let's face it, any biographical story about one of these sisters, will no doubt mention very prominently, information about the other. By the time Venus gets around to writing her book, what possible "new" information will she be providing to pique the interest of her reader? Perhaps a joint book venture would have made the most "cents" from a marketing point of view.

I disagree, Venus is her own woman, and has her own perspectives. I can get excerpts of Serena's book, but I would def. buy Venus' book.